Hi, I’m Ben and I’m an educator here at the National Library of Australia in Canberra the biggest source of information in the world about Australia and its people. We’re the biggest library in the southern hemisphere, and we have a big job to do to build this collection, look after it, and make it accessible to people. With over 10 million items, across a wide range of types of material, the National Library has something for every teacher and student. Of course you can come here to our building to use the collection, but so much of it is available online as well. One of the things people really enjoy seeing on their way into the gallery are the torches from both times Australia has hosted the Olympic Games. Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. We’re now in the Library’s Treasures Gallery which is where you’ll find some of our most significant items. Here you can discover the history, stories and people of Australia. I’d like to show you
some of my favourite items Here inside the gallery, we have a very significant item. This is Cook’s Endeavour journal, which is the hand-written diary kept on board for the first Pacific voyage Cook made between 1768 and 1771 a journey around the world where they saw the Transit of Venus in Tahiti, made maps the entire coastline of New Zealand, and then headed south on a secret mission to find the Great Southern Land. It’s a constantly changing exhibition
featuring primary source material which speaks to key moments in Australian History. From books, maps,
manuscripts, sheet music, oral history recordings,
and ephemera, we have chosen material to feature in this learning resource that is currently on display in the Treasures Gallery or has been on display in the past. The Digital Classroom includes lesson outlines
and activities based around these objects so that students and teachers can explore Australian Curriculum content and capabilities, and in doing so, be amazed, challenged and surprised by the stories they can tell.